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The Search For Value -- Stud Fees 2009

The saying about clouds and silver linings might be a difficult one to accept in the face of the current economic climate, but one result for those in the Thoroughbred industry is that numerous stallions are available at prices that would have been unimaginable as recently as six months ago. Yearlings conceived in 2009 aren't going to reach the yearling sales until the second half of 2011, when there is a very good chance that the economy will be in better shape than it is today. So, for breeders who can hang in until then, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

At the end of 2008, I completed a study into stallions standing for $40,000 fees and lower that look to be great values for 2009.  That research was presented in an article called Searching for Value in the Stallion Ranks on the Pedigree Consultants blog.  Because the article has proved to be well-read and because it includes many TrueNicks-subscribed stallions, it seems worthwhile to link to it here.

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There are precious few stallions that offer value at the published price of their fees. However, the reality is that many of them are available at a 30-50% discount and some of them offer value at those numbers.However, given the state of the market,many of them would not be a value at any price.

Robert/Ocala 29 Jan 2009 3:00 PM

Enjoyed the article very much, thanks, and it is well researched.  As a big fan of Malibu Moon, Doneraile Court, Jump Start and Officer, among others, was pleased that they got favourable mentions.

Love them all but am particularly delighted by success of Doneraile Court and long may that continue!  Cocoa Beach is brilliant and hoopefully will do even better this season!

Am sure there is value to be found out there and that there is a silver lining to the current recession!

God Bless

Best Wishes


Abbie Knowles 29 Jan 2009 9:02 PM

I think a very good value out there on stud fees is Congaree at $10,000. His two year olds did well and shows hope and promise at three and for the next crops coming up.

Julie L. 29 Jan 2009 9:25 PM

I would like to mention Johar.  He's been represented by a load of 2 year old winners in 2008 and for a horse of his profile & pedigree I think that augers very well for the future.  I'm unsure of his fee but it won't be far north of $10000 and he stands at a farm who know what they're doing.  

  • Scot's reply:  Mill Ridge has a standout with Johar, absolutely.  For the record, he stands for $10,000 live foal.  See his pages:  TrueNicks, SRO.
Dalziel 30 Jan 2009 12:36 PM

Our "search for value" sires have some impressive progeny appearing in the winner's circle.

TrueNicks 12 Mar 2009 2:18 PM

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